Bob Quinn was born in 1935.
He is primarily known as an independent film-maker, and has made more than 100 films, including documentary, feature and experimental, and which include Listen (1978); Self-Portrait with Red Car (1976); Poitín (1978); Caoineadh Airt Uí Laoire (1975); Atlantean (1985); and Budawanny (1987).
He has received many awards, and two of his films are in the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
He is also the author of Atlantean – Ireland’s North African and Maritime Heritage (1985), Smokey Hollow (Dublin, The O’Brien Press, 1991), a fictional memoir; Conamara: An Tir Aineoil, with Liam Mac Con Iomaire (Clo Iar-Chonnachta, 1997); Maverick: A Dissident View of Broadcasting Today (Dingle, Brandon Press, 2001); The Atlantean Irish: Ireland’s Oriental and Maritime Heritage (Dublin, The Lilliput Press, 2004); and as Robert L. Quinn, The Accompanist (Ogma Press, 2006).
In 2010, he donated his archive of 40 years to library at Galway University (NUIG).
He is a member of Aosdána, and lives in Connemara.